The Union Ministry of Urban Development yesterday approved projects worth more than Rs.12 crore for improving tourist infrastructure in heritage locations in Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh and Warangal in Telangana.
An official press release said an Inter-Ministerial National Empowered Committee for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) approved the projects, which include a heritage park in Amaravati and developmental works at the 1000 Pillar Temple and Kazipet Durgah and rejuvenation of pondat Padmakshi Temple in Warangal city.
In Amaravati, the heritage park will be developed over an area of 3.50 acres opposite Dhyan Buddha Statue at a total cost of Rs.7.36 crore. The park will have an exhibition complex with four halls to be developed at a cost of Rs. 92 lakh, 22 statues at a cost of Rs. 2 crore, more than 20 shops at a cost of over Rs.1 crore, four food courts at a cost of Rs. 95 lakhs, parking area at a cost of Rs.60 lakh, pathways at a cost of Rs. 44 lakh and landscaping at a cost of Rs. 76 lakh. Other facilities to be provided include seating benches, pergolas, and so on, an official press release said. The exhibition halls and shops will be used to promote to local art and handicrafts and other products.
For Warangal, an expenditure of Rs. 4.85 crore has been approved for undertaking development works at 1000 Pillar Temple at a cost of Rs. 94 lakh, at Kazipet Durgah at a cost of Rs. 1.78 crore and rejuvenation of pond at Padmakshi Temple with an investment of Rs. 2.13 crore, the release said.
At the 1000 Pillar Temple, illumination works will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 28 lakh, development of parking area at a cost of Rs. 27 lakh, e-toilets at a cost of Rs. 16 lakhs, and landscaping at a cost of Rs. 9 lakh. Other facilities to be provided are seating spaces, information signages, solar lightings, dustbins, and so on.
Amaravati and Warangal are among the 12 cities included in the HRIDAY scheme for improving the social, cultural and economic ecosystems by augmenting necessary infrastructure with the objective of conserving the rich cultural heritage and enabling better facilities for tourists and pilgrims. More projects will be approved for Amaravati and Warangal in the near future.